Tiger Woods is Ready to Fight for Victory at the US Open and Praises the Support of His Son Charlie in Preparing for Pinehurst - Latest Global News

Tiger Woods is Ready to Fight for Victory at the US Open and Praises the Support of His Son Charlie in Preparing for Pinehurst

Tiger Woods insists he is ready to challenge for a big win at the US Open and praises the influence of his son Charlie on his preparation for Pinehurst No. 2.

The 15-time major winner made a record 23rd consecutive cut at the Masters earlier this year before finishing dead last of all those who made it to the weekend and then missing the cut at the PGA Championship last month.

Woods has played only limitedly in recent years due to injuries, but was granted special permission by the USGA as he was not eligible for automatic qualification for the first time in his career. The former world number one is confident that his body can withstand the latest major test.

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Woods has only completed all four rounds of a tournament three times since November 2020

When asked if he felt physically ready to compete this week, from Thursday live on Sky SportsWoods told reporters: “Yes, I do. I feel like I have the strength to do it. It’s just a matter of doing it.”

“This golf course will test every single aspect of your game, especially mentally. The mental discipline it takes to play on this particular golf course will take a lot. We’ve been working on that and making sure I understand the game plan.”

Max Homa talks with Tiger Woods and his son Charlie on the fifth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)
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Charlie Woods was on the course with his father on Monday and Tuesday for practice rounds before the US Open

Woods: I trust my son with my swing

Woods described the conditions at this week’s venue – where he finished third in Payne Stewart’s success in 1999 and second to Michael Campbell in 2005 – as a “big war of attrition”, even though the course is less undulating than the courses he faced at the first two majors of the year at Augusta National and Valhalla.

The 48-year-old had his son Charlie on the practice range with him before his final round of the Masters in April, where he chatted to his father as he warmed up and helped him with drills. The teenager was back to support his father during this week’s practice rounds.

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Former PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III talks about Woods’ chances of winning his fourth US Open title at Pinehurst, saying this could be his best chance to win his 16th major title this year.

“I think having Charlie here is very special,” Woods said. “As far as his responsibility, it’s the same. I trust him with my swing and my game. He’s seen it more than anyone in the world. He’s seen me hit more golf balls than anyone else.”

“I tell him what to look for, especially with his putting. He gave me a few little side tips today, which was great because I get so focused on hitting certain putts on certain pins that I tend to forget some of the things I’m working on.

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“I just want to see the balls roll. He reminds me of that every now and then, which is great. We have such a great relationship and rapport, and it’s a wonderful experience for both of us.”

Woods: “Light at the end of the tunnel” for the unification of men’s golf?

The three-time US Open champion attended a face-to-face meeting with PGA Tour subcommittee members and Saudi Public Investment Fund Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan last week as talks continue to unify the men’s tennis player.

An initial “framework agreement” between the PIF – which funds the LIV Golf League -, the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour was announced last June. The original deadline was December, but this has been extended without a date publicly confirmed for when – or if – a deal could be finalized.

PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA – JUNE 9: Tiger Woods smiles during practice for the U.S. Open on course No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort on June 9, 2024 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
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Woods will play alongside Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris in the first two rounds of the US Open

“It was productive,” Woods said of the meeting. “Is there light at the end of the tunnel? I think we’re closer to that point than we were before the meeting. We discussed a lot of different endings and how to get there.”

“I think both sides left the meeting feeling very positive. As I said, both sides were looking for different ways to get to the final. Both sides shared a deep passion about how we need to get there. And yes, there will be differences of opinion, but we all want the same thing.”

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